Vocal Communication: Similarities And Differences Between Humans And Nonhuman Primates

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It is already proven that the humans and the nonhuman primates came from the same ancestor. Although it is thousands of years since the humans and nonhuman primates such as gorillas and chimpanzees started to grow apart, it is still possible to find similarities and differences in the vocal communications between them. To be able to understand the similarities and differences between humans and nonhuman primates vocal communication it is broken up into different sections. The sections that will be looked at are production mechanism, the structure of the signals, range of meanings that the signals convey, social environment, and the intentionality in the use of vocal signals. The production mechanism is how the sounds are produced, and there are similarities with nonhuman primates and humans. For example, the chimpanzee and a human have …show more content…
The way that nonhuman primates such as the chimpanzees use communication is almost identical to the humans, in how they can warn and make other chimpanzees observe things. The main difference in the communication is that humans have conversations while nonhuman primates do not; they only have certain sounds to communicate with the other nonhuman primates around them. It might sound like the structure of the sounds that nonhuman primates make is simple compared to the humans. However, as the sounds are produced in the same way both the human sounds and nonhuman primate sounds are complex. If we go back a few thousands year we would find even more similarities between nonhuman primates and the humans today. However, even by looking at the similarities and difference from today’s perspective we find much similarity, and not a lot of differences between the nonhuman primates, and especially chimpanzees, and the

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